EVERETT — The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Kenya Airways was spotted on the move Thursday at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.
Due to begin delivery in just a few weeks time, the entry into service of the aircraft with Kenya Airways is not entirely clear. According to AirlineRoute.net, these Dreamliners will initially be deployed on regional routes, as many new Dreamliner operators have done for crew familiarization and training purposes, before being redeployed on the Nairobi to Paris CDG route, expected to begin in June.
These new aircraft will seat 234, split between thirty business class and 204 economy class seats. Notably, the airline chose full-flat business class seats —something Ethiopian did not do with its 787s.
After delivery, Kenya Airways will become the second African Dreamliner operator after its rival, Ethiopian Airlines, which started to take delivery of its 787s back in 2012.
Kenya Airways currently has an order for nine aircraft, plus four options. These will be used to replace the carrier’s aging Boeing 767-300ER fleet.